The basic concept of rural economic development is to put as many dollars as possible in your citizens' pockets, so they can spend, spend, spend (locally, of course) and thus, create large coffers within the community so the local government can spend tax dollars to create a better quality of life within the community. This, in turn, makes for better roads, parks, hospitals, etc. Have I missed anything here? I am sure someone with a Master’s Degree in Community Planning could add some jalapeño to this salsa, but what I have written here would still be the basic framework.
I have served as senior vice-president of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce since September of last year and, in that time, I have developed an unwavering belief we are headed in the right direction. Sure, we have aspects that need improvement, but who doesn’t, right? One thing that I want to touch on in this article is a word I have much conviction in: partnership. I see this every day in Ada and we need to embrace it and let it grow.
We are always stronger together than separately. Rope is stronger when braided. A fist hits harder than an open hand. In Ada, we will always be stronger, more effective, more prosperous when we are all on the same page — city, county, public, private, churches, businesses, non-profits, youth organizations — nothing will stop us if we are all pulling on the same end of the rope.
With this in mind, the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce is championing, along with the city of Ada and the Ada Jobs Foundation the renewed “community visioning” project. What is the road map for our community? Where are we going and when is it going to lead us there? Much will be on the table during this visioning process. You need to be there. We are rowing in the same direction (I hope), and this will be our road map. More details to follow and we hope to see you there!
Sarah Jane Johnson is senior vice president of Ada Area Chamber of Commerce.